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Winx has 134 Cox Plate rivals

Winx after winning last year's Cox Plate © Racing Photos

Winx after winning last year's Cox Plate

© Racing Photos


The countdown to Winx’s attempt at a record fourth Cox Plate stepped up a beat on Tuesday when it was announced that the mighty mare officially has 134 rivals for the title some 10 weeks out from the $5 million race.

Included among the entries for the October 27 Cox Plate is Poet's Word - the highest-rated horse in Europe after the Sir Michael Stoute-trained  galloper added the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes to his Royal Ascot victory.

In a year in which the Spring Racing Carnival celebrates 25 years of international competition, it was fitting that no fewer than 26 overseas raiders have nominated for one of the carnival's showpiece events - a whopping increase of 11 on last year's figure.

Multiple Group 1 winner Saxon Warrior is one of a record 14 nominees trained by legendary Irish horseman Aidan O’Brien, who has also entered a further five horses that have won at the highest level in Lancaster Bomber, Deauville, Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Happily.       

Godolphin's multiple Group 1 winner Benbatl, trained in the UAE by Saeed bin Suroor, has accepted the Moonee Valley Racing Club's invitation to contest their feature race.

Other notable international nominees include Japanese star Neorealism, high-class Godolphin stablemates Blair House, Emotionless and Folkswood as well as Irish Derby winner Latrobe, who is owned by Lloyd Williams and trained by Joseph O’Brien - the same connections who took out last year's Melbourne Cup with Rekindling.

The nominations for the Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas were also taken on Tuesday.

Click here to view the full list of Cox Plate nominations.

Click here to view the full list of Caulfield Guineas nominations.

Click here to view the full list of Thousand Guineas nominations.

This article first appeared on the Racing Victoria website and is reproduced here with their kind permission. For more on Off the Track visit rv.racing.com/news


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